Saturday, December 16, 2017

Boeing 787 makes emergency landing in Japan due to battery

TOKYO — An All Nippon Airways flight made an emergency landing this morning in western Japan after a cockpit message showed battery problems, the latest trouble for the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner."

Details of the problem were still being checked, airline spokesman Takuya Taniguchi said after the flight to Tokyo from Ube landed at the Takamatsu airport, where NTV television reported passengers used emergency slides to exit the jet. The airport temporarily closed.

Japanese airlines have been the first to roll out the 787, which has encountered several problems in the past two weeks, though no injuries have been reported.

The U.S. government is conducting a review to find out what caused a fire, a fuel leak and other worrisome incidents with Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced airliner, though it has reassured the public it is safe to fly.

Boeing has said that various technical problems are to be expected in the early days of any aircraft model.

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